Richard Davis "Dick" Winters (January 21, 1918 – January 2, 2011) was an officer in the United States Army and a decorated war veteran. He is best known for commanding part of the 101st Airborne Division, during World War II. He was eventually promoted to major and put in command of the 2nd Battalion.
74 years ago today, as first lieutenant, Winters parachuted into Normandy in the early hours of D-Day, June 6, 1944, and later fought across France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and eventually Germany. After the German surrender in May 1945, he left the 506th and was stationed in France, where senior officers were needed to oversee the return home.
He once was asked by his grandson, "Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?" He replied, "No, but I served in a company of heroes."
= And so it is that America remains "the land of the free and the home of the brave" because of the courage and commitment of such people.
= And so it is in the unlikely event that I would be asked at the end of my life, "Were you a hero in the Church and in Missions" I hope to be able to answer, "No, but I served in a company of heroes."